President Trump ramps immigrations, orders to start border wall with Mexico
Trump is scheduled to welcome Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to the White House next week.
After beginning the process to repeal Obamacare on his first day in oval office, US President Donald Trump has taken another step forward towards his election promises. On Wednesday he signed a pair of executive actions, including much-acclaimed a new border wall with Mexico.
In a visit to the Department of Homeland Security, Trump rolled out a series of directives aimed at clamping down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living illegally in the United States.His aides have warned of more such directives in the week, which may include new restrictions on refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority countries.
The directives signed on Wednesday are to create more detention centers, add more federal border control agents and withhold federal funds to cities that do not comply with federal immigration laws, Trump aides said.
"We are going to restore the rule of law in the United States," Trump said, addressing DHS employees after signing the orders. "Beginning today the United States gets control of its borders."
Notably, Trump had repeatedly in his campaigns promised a wall along the southern US border as he blamed illegal immigration for constricting the U.S. job market for Americans and adding to national security concerns.
Reports have estimated the cost of the wall at $20 billion, which according to Trump will be paid by Mexico. However, Mexican leaders have repeatedly balked and Trump has said the project will start with U.S. tax dollars to begin construction quickly.
Trump is scheduled to welcome Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to the White House next week. Trump is calling for the hiring of 10,000 more immigration officers and 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents.
Spicer said Trump on Wednesday would not sign any orders overturning the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that has allowed more than 700,000 younger immigrants brought to the country illegally as children to apply for two-year work visas.
Trump has promised to overturn DACA, which has been enormously popular among the immigrant rights community.